Chukwudi Akasike and Grace Edema
Aborode, an indigene of Igangan, was the farmer who was allegedly murdered by Fulani herdsmen on December 11, 2020.
Mr Bamidele Ogunmiluyi, a legal practitioner, who spoke at a webinar organised by IAPJ and titled, ‘The tragic murder of Dr Fatai Aborode: implications for security and peace in Yorubaland’, explained that the organisation was interested in taking up the case internationally.
“We are interested in pursuing this internationally. Nigerian Government is complicit. It is a socio-political issue. The Seriki is culpable of facilitating and negotiating with the kidnappers.
“In the past five or six years, it looks like the activities of herdsmen have gone unabated. They carry arms without being licensed. This rule does not apply to the herds. If you see a man in Ekiti carry arm, he’ll be prosecuted but not the Fulani. So, you wonder why the bias? We would be exploring all the strategies we have to hold the Nigerian Government accountable.”
His elder cousin, Mr Majekodunmi Aborode, who was also invited to speak on how Aborode was gruesomely murdered, said Yorubaland was under a siege and must be rescued.
“Yorubaland is under a siege and bleeding; we need someone to help us. My brother has been killed; mutilated, it was gory. The okada rider, who took him and his manager to the farm, said he heard them saying, ‘you have been disturbing us; you took us to the court because we destroyed your farm’.”
OPC backs Amotekun, urges S’East to support ESN
Meanwhile, the Oodua Peoples Congress has thrown its weight behind the South-West Security Network, better known as Operation Amotekun.
The OPC stated that with the level of commitment exhibited so far in Oyo and Osun states, the security outfit would soon rid the region of all the bad elements, including killer herdsmen and kidnappers.
The group, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Yinka Oguntimehin, lauded the leaders of the group in the two states for their commitment towards ending the security scourge.
Oguntimehin said, “We need to commend the leaders of the group for their commitment to the South-West. It is obvious that the South-West security outfits have all it takes to flush out the bad elements in the region. Last year, Amotekun corps intercepted 14 Almajarai hidden in a vehicle container in Osun.
“Now that the South-West is doing everything that is necessary to rid the region of criminal elements, including killer herdsmen and kidnappers, the South-East remains their next target and destination for destruction. So, it is advisable for the governors of the South-East to enforce a better approach and modalities for securing the region, using the ESN.”
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